Pure Madness! Auburn fulminates Kentucky and goes to the Final Four

Tremendous surprise in the Midwest, where it leaves with Final Four an Auburn that has defeated Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.

A fantastic Elite 8, the regional finals that decide the places for the Final Four (the one of 2019, in Minnesota next weekend), has blessed Virginia, a year ago the first seed 1 that lost in its premiere against a seed 16 (UMBC) and two universities that are going to play the semifinals for the first time in their history, that Texas Tech that will reach the Final Four with an absolutely fearsome defense and Auburn, the university of Charles Barkley that neither the Gordo got between The four best in your bracket. In fact, only 0.5% of the ESPN pools had in the Final Four these two new ones.

Texas Tech put out the Gonzaga explosive attack. And the Auburn Tigers (seed 5 of his painting) finished his assault on royalty with victory over Kentucky, which followed those achieved against Kansas and North Carolina. That is, after passing those of Cain in the first round against New Mexico State, have consecutively defeated the three universities with the most victories in the history of the tournament. That only had done so far Arizona, in 1997. And ended up proclaiming champion. Now, Auburn will play in Minnesota against Virginia in an old-school duel . By name and style.

Calipari's Kentucky crashed against a rival he had won in his two games during the season, the second in a thunderous way (80-53). But since then, Auburn has won 12 matches in a row and has shown tremendous strength, to come back in the second half and to overcome adversities such as Chuma Okeke's knee injury, which appeared during this Midwest final in Kansas City, to encourage your colleagues. They were neither as bright from the line of three as they were against North Carolina, nor did they dominate the rebound or stop PJ Washington (28 points, 13 rebounds). They were charged with fouls, failed 8 of their first 9 shots from the line of three and lost 22-11 in the equator of the first quarter. All the other way around any game plan they might have. But they showed an admirable determination, a hardness armored when the wrists trembled and the defenses went to work to the pure assault in the last minutes.

first, the Tigers closed the marker (35-30 against but that seemed very beneficial as it had the first part) before the break, and then hit hard with Bryce Brown (17 of his 24 points after the break) putting fundamental shots and Jared Harper up the pace and taking temperature to become the hero of the night: 5 assists and 26 points, the basket that tied before the extension and 12 points in overtime, when Kentucky ran out of ideas and paid his bad day from the free kick (12/21). The penetrations of Harper left the surprise ready (62-68) and already Kentucky had no more spirit (71-77), disengaged in a match in which he never played his style after the break. Auburn is the survivor of a Midwest that has been a scam, completed the surprise and will be in the Final Four. A tremendous story in a match that was, on the last day of the month, pure March Madness.

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